Solskjaer rejects Lampard’s claim that United are profiting from VAR

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to Frank Lampard’s suggestion that Manchester United are getting a run of VAR decisions in their favour ahead of the FA Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea.

On Thursday at Crystal Palace, United were fortunate to see Jordan Ayew’s equalising goal ruled out for a marginal offside while Victor Lindelof appeared to bring down Wilfried Zaha in the box but no penalty was given.

Chelsea boss Lampard has warned his defenders to be wary of conceding penalties when they look to end a run of three successive defeats by the Reds at Wembley on Sunday. United have been awarded 13 spot-kicks this season, equalling the record for the number awarded in a single Premier League campaign.

Solskjaer said: “I could sit here for hours and talk about this. It looks like there is a narrative to try to influence the people making the decisions. But we had a penalty at Tottenham taken away from us which cost us two points. The Romeo red card when he nearly crippled Mason Greenwood. Mark Noble should have been sent off when we played West Ham.

“It should actually be me complaining. There is a narrative but we just have to focus on the game, but I am not going too much into it. I am fairly relaxed on it. Referees are objective and are not going to be influenced by emotions.”

United have beaten Chelsea in all three previous meeting this season, doing the league double over the Blues and nocking them out of the EFL Cup. Solskjaer refused to take credit for his success in head-to-heads with Lampard.

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